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[Registration Open] (Hybrid format) Kick-off Symposium: Building a Reproductive Health Platform – Pursuing a Society That Provides Every Young Person Education and Consultation Opportunities (October 26, 2021)

[Registration Open] (Hybrid format) Kick-off Symposium: Building a Reproductive Health Platform – Pursuing a Society That Provides Every Young Person Education and Consultation Opportunities (October 26, 2021)

The Programme of Action presented by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 defines “reproductive health” as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes.” Furthermore, reproductive health is clearly featured in the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted at the United Nations Summit in 2015 and are recognized around the world.

Education plays a major role in reproductive health, especially during adolescence, when people may be more easily influenced by relationships with other people, their families, or society. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) advocated the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in 2018. In Japan, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) jointly developed “Safety Education for Life,” an educational curriculum that aims to reinforce measures against sexual crimes and violence, which was presented in April 2021. Amidst this growing momentum for CSE for young people in Japan and abroad, in FY2019, HGPI collected opinions from specialists in various fields and developed a comprehensive health education program for university students. After the program was provided to approximately 230 Japanese university students of all genders, we conducted a study to examine its effects. In addition to great need for reproductive health education among university students, that study also highlighted various issues young people face, such as insufficient knowledge, a lack of people to consult, the occurrence of sexual violence or non-consensual sexual situations, and the difficulty of seeking examinations from OB/GYNs.

With that backdrop, as part of HGPI’s efforts for the creation of a society which provides every young person opportunities for education and consultation on reproductive health, we established a collaborative platform for reproductive health called “Youth Terrace” this fiscal year. At the kick-off symposium, we will join multi-stakeholders from industry, Government, academia, and civil society to exchange opinions on topics like issues involving reproductive health and rights in Japan and prospects for the future we can create using Youth Terrace. We hope this symposium will be an opportunity to take a new step forward for the future of young people.

Please note that this seminar is available in Japanese only. An English report of this event will be published in due course.


[Event overview]

Date and time: Tuesday, October 26, 2021; from 15:00 – 17:15 JST

Format: Hybrid format (Speakers and participants can join both in-person and online)

 – Iino Hall (2-1-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo 100-0011)
 – Zoom webinar

Participation fee: Free

Languages: Japanese only

Host: Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)

With support from: The Nippon Foundation


Program (Titles omitted; includes tentative speakers)

15:00-15:05 Welcoming remarks and explanatory introduction

15:05-15:15 Keynote lecture – “Steps for Achieving Well-being for Each Young Person”
  ​Yasunori Yoshimura (Professor Emeritus, Keio University)

15:15-15:25 Video message from Diet member

15:25-15:35 Special lecture – “Lessons from Sweden on Driving Forces for Reproductive Health Policy”
  Helena Kopp Kallner (Senior consultant in Ob/Gyn, Danderyd Hospital, PhD Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

15:35-15:50 Research report – “Developing a Comprehensive Health Education Program for University Students and Program Effectiveness Survey Results – Recognizing the Need for a Reproductive Health Platform”
  Yuko Imamura (Manager, HGPI)

15:55-16:05 Relay talk with youth representatives “Steps for Enabling Young People to Decide for Themselves How They Want to Live Their Lives”
  Kazuko Fukuda (Representative, Nande Naino Project)
  Student representatives (Around three participants)

16:10-17:00 Panel discussion – “Considering Issues and Future Prospects for Reproductive Health in Japan With Industry, Government, Academia, and Civil Society – How a Platform Can Shape the Future for Young People”
  Yuko Kidoguchi (Operating Officer, Head of Communications, Bayer Holding, Ltd.)
  Mariko Sato (Director, Tokyo Office, UNFPA)

  Jibu Renge (Associate Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  Song Mi-hyun (Director, Marunouchi no Mori Ladies Clinic)
  Tomoko Hayashi (Director-General, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office)

  Yuko Imamura (Manager, HGPI)

17:05-17:10 Message to the project
  Kanako Shinden
 (Domestic Business Development Team, Public Services Department, Nippon Foundation)

17:10-17:15 Closing remarks
  Kiyoshi Kurokawa
(Chairman, HGPI)

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